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Written by Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees is about a fourteen-year-old white girl, Lily, who lives with her father after accidentally shooting her mother when she was only four years old. She is nurtured by her nanny and housekeeper, an African American named Rosaleen. Lily lives with the guilt of killing her mother. After times in Sylvan, South Carolina get tough, having to deal with Lily’s evil father and the horrible racism, Lily and Rosaleen decide to pack their belongings and leave. The novel starts off in Sylvan, South Carolina in 1964, a time when African Americans started earning their rights.
It captures how Gogol changes his name to Nikhil and how it affects his life in his family and his social life. The Secret Life of Bees is told through the first person view of a young white girl, Lily Owens from South Carolina. Lily starts off being torn because she has been told her whole life by her abusive father that she shot her mother when she was a baby. Lily does not believe
“I’d been kneeling on grits since I was six, but still I never got used to that powdered-glass feeling beneath my skin,” (Kidd 24). In The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Lily Owens has a difficult childhood living with her ruthless father on a peach farm in South Carolina. Additionally, Lily has never escaped her terrifying past that she experienced when she was a little girl, the experience of killing her mother. Thus, throughout her life Lily’s only mother figure has been a fearless colored woman named Rosaleen. Eventually trouble arises, and Lily and Rosaleen flee to Tiburon, South Carolina, a city on the back of Lily's mom’s things, in search of a loving family.
In the Sue Monk Kidd novel “The Secret Life of Bees” it talks about torture, death, and racism. A 14 year old girl named Lily Owens, who went to explore her mother’s past after being tortured enough by her father. During this journey, her perspective about her past and society changed many times after she experienced racism, torture, and learned about her mother. To begin with, you can see Lily change of perspective on racism throughout the novel. In the beginning, Lily assumed that all African Americans are just like Rosaleen, who is rude and uneducated.
It starts off with Rozelle Quinn teaching Tangy Mae how to clean her employer’s house because she believes she is going to die over the weekend. News of Rozelle “dying” spreads throughout the town and even beyond which brings her oldest child, Mushy, back into town. It is later revealed that Rozelle is only acting as if she is dying because she is pregnant. While in town, Mushy promises her siblings that she is going to save them from the abuse of Rozelle, but says Tarabelle has to be first due to Tarabelle’s exposure to prostitution. Months after giving birth to her child, Judy, Rozelle kills her by throwing her off the stairs.
In the 1960’s, a time of a racism and cruelty, Rosaleen gets arrested for insulting three white men on her way to vote after the Civil Rights Act had been signed and is badly beaten. After being treated horribly by her father, Lilly seeks freedom for both Rosaleen and her to Tiburon, South Carolina. On the backside of a picture of Black Mary she found in her mother’s things, was written “Tiburon, South Carolin... ... middle of paper ... ...how important a strong female community is. She also learns of the bees extraordinary gift to never stop working. The bees work together to keep the hive running, depending on each other for support and companionship.
Lily is running not just from her abusive father but from the memories she has from when she was four-years-old, specifically the time when she accidentally killed her mother. This book gives a poignant analysis of this fourteen-year-old girl as she demonstrates the concepts of attachment styles, dating, parenting style, self-esteem, and the cohort effects of the generation she lived in. Throughout the book and the movie there are signs of the effects of Lily’s attachment style. One such instance is when she is telling August Boatwright how her mother died; Lily cries and tells August that she is unlovable and that she wrecks everything, this is a sign of an insecure/disorganized attachment style. An insecure/disorganized attachment style is usually characterized by the adolescent having an unusually high amount of fear as well as finding themselves believing they are unworthy of affection.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is the story of a fourteen-year-old girl named Lily, who runs away from her abusive father with her housekeeper to the town that her late mother had once been to. There, she meets August and the Boatwright sisters, who live in a bright pink house and own a bee farm. These women teach her all about life through bees and the black Mary statue that is kept in their house. Lily comes from a rough situation, surrounded by negativity, but the sisters take her in and teach her what family and love is. Although living in a world where, for her, love is scarce, Lily is able to learn from the all negatives in her life, which then turn into positives, and Lily is a better person because of what she learned.
Lily’s Discovery of a Mother Figure In The Secret Life of Bees, written by Sue Monk Kidd, Lily lacks a mother figure in her life, which leads her on a compelling journey as she desperately searches for answers about her true mother. Her abusive father, T. Ray, causes Lily to run away along with Rosaleen, the housekeeper. They are led to the Boatwright household by one of the few things Lily still possesses from her mother, a Black Madonna Honey label. Lily is given the opportunity to create a mother-daughter type bond between her and the Boatwright sisters. August, one of the sisters, acts as the “queen bee” throughout the story.